Solutions for Change is a unique organization battling poverty and homelessness since its inception in 1999. The organization focuses on breaking the cycle of hardship, temporary relief, and dependency, which they call “The Churn,” a cycle that traps the most vulnerable individuals and families in a state of poverty. Their goal is not merely to provide temporary relief, but to teach people to fight against The Churn and live happy, independent lives. The organization’s approach is rooted in the belief that common methods for addressing poverty, which often take a one-size-fits-all approach, are insufficient. Instead, they believe in creating unique, tailored solutions to help people overcome their challenges and transform their lives.
Solutions for Change operates through three main programs: Solutions Academy, Solutions Enterprise, and Solutions in the Community. The Solutions Academy is designed to equip parents with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to transform themselves and their families. This is achieved through a comprehensive 700-day, college-like experience aimed at total transformation. Solutions Enterprise, on the other hand, is a collection of innovative social enterprise programs that aim to empower residents by providing opportunities to learn and earn. This program helps people acquire skills and knowledge that can be used to achieve long-term employment and financial stability. Lastly, Solutions in the Community is a program that encourages Solutions Academy students to invest in restoring their communities, and in return, the community supports them. This approach fosters a symbiotic relationship between the individuals and their communities, reinforcing the sense of belonging and mutual support.
The organization doesn’t just aim to provide temporary relief but seeks to address the root causes of poverty and homelessness. Many public assistance programs provide only temporary solutions, which do not address or resolve the root causes of homelessness and poverty. The organization’s approach is to create solutions that will benefit future generations. Solutions for Change sees half a million children trapped in The Churn in the United States and believes that unless we commit to solving it, these children face a greater likelihood of falling into the pattern of generational poverty and homelessness in the future. Through their tailored, comprehensive approach, Solutions for Change is not just fighting poverty and homelessness but is reshaping lives and restoring communities.